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Presidents’ Day Activities, Grades 9-12

Presidents’ Day Is February 17, 2020

Found In: language arts, social studies, 9-12

On this Presidents' Day, celebrate the lives of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, their contributions to the United States, and the lives and contributions of all our 45 Presidents.

Lesson Plans

The Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858: Interactive Map Activity
Students in grades 6-12 use an interactive map to explore the 1858 Senate campaign in Illinois and how population, transportation, and party strongholds affect campaign strategies.

Looking for Lincoln During the Civil War
Students in grades 9-12 explore the challenges Lincoln faced during the Civil War that made him America’s greatest but most controversial wartime leader.

Lincoln Goes to War
Students in grades 9-12 investigate Lincoln’s actions during the Secession Crisis of 1861 and evaluate to what extent they were calculated to provoke conflict.

Abraham Lincoln on the American Union: “A Word Fitly Spoken”
In this four lesson unit, students in grades 9-12 explore Abraham Lincoln’s thoughts on the American union.

George Washington: First in War, First in Peace, and First in the Hearts of His Countrymen
Students in grades 9-12 analyze how President Washington responded to national issues. This is a three part lesson and also addresses his role in the French and Indians War and at the Federal Convention.

Analyzing The Great Compromise, 1787
Students in grades 9-12 analyze historical evidence including primary sources to evaluate the compromises made by George Washington and the other Founders at the Constitutional Convention.

More Lessons, Activities & Background Resources

George Washington: A National Treasure
Explore the life and Presidency of George Washington through this online exhibit from the National Portrait Gallery. Find puzzles, quizzes and fun historical features to learn about the life and times of George Washington.

Under His Hat
A K-12 thematic resource on Lincoln using some of the 52,000 Lincoln and Lincoln-era artifacts and documents the Lincoln Collection. Each resource includes activities that can be correlated with objectives in the National Common Core Standards.

Presidents Day
Is it Presidents or President’s or Presidents’ Day? Is it an official holiday?

Games & Quizzes


A Word Fitly Spoken: An Interactive Timeline of Lincoln's Most Famous Speeches on Union
An interactive timeline of Lincoln’s most famous speeches. 

Abraham Lincoln’s Crossroads
Advanced middle- and high-school students explore Lincoln’s political choices. An animated Lincoln introduces a situation, asks for advice, and prompts players to decide the issue for themselves, before revealing the actual outcome. At game’s end, players discover how frequently they predicted Lincoln’s actions. A Resources Page provides links to relevant Websites, permitting students to explore issues in depth.


Quiz: Lincoln Myths and Misconceptions
Answer all 15 questions and submit for a grade.

Video & Audio


Presidents Day Video
11 videos about selected Presidents from

American Experience: The Presidents
Complete documentaries of seven Presidents can be watched online.

Lincoln’s Legend and Legacy (60 minutes)
3-part online video, transcript, readings.

Looking for Lincoln
Online video in chapters, plus 9 other clips. Teachers should preview, as language has been questioned.

American Experience: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
Watch online. Approximately 90 minutes.


last updated January 14, 2020


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